Western Massachusetts Premiere
Brings an instinctive yet clear-eyed sympathy for these women's remarkable story, joined with an ability to be candid about the difficulties that arose within the group.
– Los Angeles Times
Sunday, March 31, 7:00 PM
Gamble Auditorium, Mount Holyoke College, South Hadley
Within the ultra-Orthodox enclaves of Brooklyn, Rachel "Ruchie" Frier, a no-nonsense Hasidic lawyer and mother of six, is revolutionizing the role of women in daily life by training them to work as EMTs for Ezras Nashim, the first all-female ambulance corps in New York City. The spine of the film observes the highs and lows of creating an organization against incredible odds, as well as the women's struggle to "have it all" as wives and mothers. With unprecedented and exclusive access, filmmaker Paula Eiselt portrays the women of Ezras Nashim grappling to balance their faith with their nascent feminism.
Discussion with Mara Benjamin, Chair of Jewish Studies, and Jacquelyne Luce, Lecturer in Gender Studies, at Mount Holyoke College. Light refreshments served.
Official Selection, Hot Docs Festival 2018
Co-sponsored by Mount Holyoke College Program in Jewish Studies
DOCUMENTARY | 2018 | 90 MINUTES
USA | ENGLISH
DIRECTED BY PAULA EISELT